Sweating like a pig!
Trip Start Apr 29, 2006
129Trip End Apr 29, 2007
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Anyway, Rat boy describes Siem Reap as a Pit of Dispair, I'm not so against it, the pools of muddy water are kind of charming, and its lovely to be somewhere you can walk to most places. Bar street was cool - hardly any seediness and wrong-uns compared to Phonm Penh! There were also many more tourists, but this was good as we watched England cruise (yeah, right!) to victory against Ecaudor
Few hours later I woke up roasting, only had an oscillating fan in our (according to Rough Guide) decent room. I got a few seconds of refreshment, followed by blazing heat, aaaaaargh!!!! So 8am and out on the streets looking for new digs (leaving rat in bed in the shed) A short walk up the road and I found somewhere more akin to a room as opposed to a shed/oven! Also $2 cheaper per room, had a window (rarity), ceiling fan, toothbrushes, a bathroom that warrants the suffix room and room to swing a cat - yay!!!
So went back, tried to negotiate with old place - failed, got rat out of bed (he was like a zombie!) and moved to our new home - Cool, could finally sleep my hangover off!
Actually I may have another rant at this point:- I would love to have a few stern words with the twisted mo fo that thought up the idea of putting footboards on beds! A stoopid invention surely on par with the chocolate teapot...
The beggar situation is also starting to become an issue, we are really starting to hate ourselves. Land mine victims with missing limbs, children, mothers and babies.... And then we gave money to some Aussie guy who wanted to call his embassy. I dont know, maybe it wasnt the heat that stopped me sleeping.....
I want a scooter.
Also while we were here we thought we might visit Angkor Wat, so we did! Went to about seven temples of various types and scale, pretty impressive, but thought they looked better on the postcards.... Must have been cool for the folks that rediscovered them in the 1850s. It was good to explore them and see the carvings etc. Some of the steps were a bit on the dodgy side, 2 foot high and 3 inches wide.... We climbed like monkeys, but since my accident in Hong Kong I'm a bit over cautious coming down, on the other hand rat bounds down them (even in the rain) - I'm sure one day he's gunna have an accident......
The kids here speak amazing English, and all seem to know the countries and capitals of the UK, even if they are just trying to sell stuff - "You want drink, you want postcard, you want bracelet" , "No, Thankyou" , "What you want?" , "Nothing, thanks" , "Thats OK, you give me $2 I give you nothing!" - I'm sure she'll grow up to be a great salesperson!